Originally Posted by vtcapo
Great thread!. I was caught by NE front in a Gulfstream crossing in November years ago with 10-15' breaking seas. We were on a 31' monohull
(Allamand 31') and choose to run before it. We took the breakers on the port quarter and even with her considerable freeboard got pooped twice. Should I have handled this differently and used a parachute, drogue
Right now I own a 37' double ender thinking she would have handled this situation a lot better considering her full keel
, added size, displacement
, 6' as opposed to 4' draft
and off course the canoe stern. How would any of you handle 30+ knots of wind
and short confused 10-15' breaking seas with this boat?
Any advice would be appreciated since the Gulfstream is my backyard...
A great deal of the discussion about storm management is theoretical in nature, and it often unravels when sailing in bad weather offshore
Much of what I have written is derived from sailing around the world in the company of other yachts of many different designs but in the same sailing conditions because we were sailing as a group across the Atlantic, Pacific, or Indian Oceans.
When we were in a storm on the way to the Canaries
, we did not take a drop of water
as we were towing the Abbott Drogue
at a speed of 4 knots with the autopilot steering
. In the same conditions, several other yachts a few miles from us were getting pooped and one yacht even had water
coming down the companionway
Storm management will very significantly from one yacht to the next, because each of them behaves differently in similar conditions.
The Abbott Drogue worked well for us because we are a catamaran
with lots of reserve buoyancy in the sterns, small sugar scoops, high freeboard in the stern, good directional stability from relatively deep keels for a catamaran
. I think the reserve buoyancy in the stern coupled with two rudders with a good surface area made that storm much easier for us than many other of the yachts in the same conditions. When we talked to people on the radio
, we couldn't believe some of the difficulties that other yachts were experiencing because things were not that bad on Exit Only. One other major difference was that we kept our speed down at 4 knots, whereas others were surfing along at speeds in excess of ten knots, and when they made a mistake, it was a big one.
Storm management is always a yacht specific skill. I know how my Privilege
39 catamaran behaves in following seas, and I use it's behavior to my advantage. I always control my kinetic energy by controlling my speed, and when I make a mistake, it usually is a small one.
You simply have to take your yacht out there and figure out what works best for you with your particular design.